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For ‘The Art’ it began in Newtown, Sydney where singer, Azaria, and bass player, KJ, shared a house and started a band. They quickly established themselves within the local underground scene under the name of ‘The Follow’. Their edgy, fast-paced, live shows gained not only local success, but also caught the attention of Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) who produced their first album and invited them to tour Australia with ‘Sonic Youth’.
Armed with a new album “Here Comes The War”, ‘The Art’ came back to Australia in late 2009 to nationally support Marilyn Manson, followed by performances at Big Day Out, and opening for Them Crooked Vultures. Without missing a beat they scored the national Australian and NZ tour with one of their biggest influences, The Pixies, on the ‘Dolittle’ 20 year Anniversary Tour. The band stayed on the road throughout the year supporting 30 Seconds to Mars and The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, in conjunction with their first headlining tour of Australia as The Art.
Fresh off another international tour support across Australia with Linkin Park in late 2010, ‘The Art’ wasted no time signing a deal with Silverback Records and Insomnia Management and put the wheels into motion for the release of their most recent album “Here Comes The War”. The album was remastered and re-released in Australia, the UK, and the US by Rocket Science in August 2012. After a three week tour in Australia with Steel Panther, the band will return to the US in February 2013 to tour with Faster p*ssycat before heading to the UK in June with the group.
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